Arsenio Hall was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on February 12, 1956. Fred, his father, was a Baptist pastor. Like the movie character, his mother’s name is Annie Hall. Arsenio used to adore magic as a kid and used to put on shows for his parents and friends. He graduated from Warrensville Heights High School in Ohio in 1973. In Kent, Ohio, Arsenio Hall attended Kent State University.
Hall came to Chicago and then Los Angeles after graduation to pursue a comedy career. He made several appearances on “Soul Train.” In 1984, he was hired as Alan Thicke’s announcer/sidekick on his short-lived chat show “Thicke of the Night.” His major break came in 1988 when he played alongside Eddie Murphy in the film “Coming to America.”
Hall began his journey to having his own talk show by filling in as interim host of “The Late Show,” a late-night discussion show launched by Fox to compete with “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” The late comic Joan Rivers was the initial host of the show, but due to low ratings, she was fired. Hall’s stint as interim host was so successful that he gained a cult following.
“The Late Show” was canceled by Fox in 1988, but “The Arsenio Hall Show” premiered as a nationally syndicated show on January 2, 1989. The show was a big hit, especially among the younger generation. Hall (and his performance) became infamous for chanting “Roo, Roo, Roo!” while pumping their fists instead of clapping.
The Cleveland Browns’ “Dawg Pound” chant in the east end zone isn’t something unique to Hall. “Roo, Roo, Roo” became a nighttime ritual and a pop-culture emblem for Hall. Hall’s event was also known for being the location where then-Presidential candidate Bill Clinton played his saxophone. The final edition of “The Arsenio Hall Show” aired on May 27, 1994.
After Magic Johnson revealed that he was HIV positive during the run of “The Arsenio Hall Show,” Hall used his celebrity to educate people about HIV/AIDS. Hall and Magic Johnson made a PSA on cancer in the early 1990s.
Since the termination of “The Arsenio Hall Show,” he has been on a number of talk shows. Hall has also done voice-over work. He presented the revival of “Star Search” from 2003 to 2004.
Hall was a candidate on the fifth season of “The Celebrity Apprentice” in 2012, vying for a $250,000 reward for the Magic Johnson Foundation, which was presented to the winner of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Hall was declared the champion in the live season finale.
In 2013, “The Arsenio Hall Show” was resurrected for a 20th-century audience. Due to low ratings, it was terminated after one season.
Arsenio and Eddie Murphy were confirmed to be filming a highly anticipated sequel to “Coming to America” in August 2019.
Arsenio Jr., Arsenio’s son with longtime girlfriend Cheryl Bonacci, was born in 1998.
After Jay Leno was made host of “The Tonight Show,” Hall had a feud with him throughout his original tenure of “The Arsenio Hall Show.” In terms of ratings, Hall stated that he would “kick Jay’s ass.”
Hall remained out of the public eye for several years after “The Arsenio Hall Show” ended in 1994. He then went online in 1997 and saw allegations that he had checked into Betty Ford for rehab. “I know Arsenio better than anyone else and he’s not in detox, you morons,” Hall responded using a fictitious identity.
In 2016, Hall sued singer Sinéad O’Connor for $5 million in defamation after she alleged that Arsenio was to blame for Prince’s drug addiction. Hall allegedly drugged O’Connor’s drink during an Eddie Murphy party, according to O’Connor. Hall dismissed his complaint after O’Connor apologized and retracted her allegation regarding Hall and Prince’s drug problem.
Hall tweeted his support for NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace in June 2020, writing: “I’m not familiar with @BubbaWallace, but I’m a huge admirer of his! Also, kudos to @NASCAR! It’s amazing that they are on the right side of history… while our American president is not! —> #BlackLivesMatter —> @realDonaldTrump” In June 2020, Wallace discovered a noose in his garage. Wallace is the only black driver in NASCAR.
During the 2020 epidemic, Arsenio Hall spent his time at home reading and tweeting. He tweeted on June 15: “I know some of you are sick of hearing about the #coronavirus! But the nonsense is still attempting to make us sick. So keep your distance, put on your mask, listen to En Vogue’s “Never Gonna Get It,” and wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds. Oh, and there’s one more thing: #BlackLivesMatter.”
Arsenio Hall has a $30 million net worth as a comedian, talk show host, tv personality, actor, writer, and producer. Hall earned $900,000 for his performance in Coming to America in 1988.
Real estate has been one of Arsenio’s best career moves. He purchased a spectacular hilltop mansion in Topanga, California, for $3.5 million in 1990. The huge property was once advertised for $10 million in the late 1980s. Arsenio bought it at a bargain in a sluggish real estate market.
His estate, which spans more than 30 acres in the Santa Monica mountains, is located in an isolated place. It includes a 10,000-square-foot home designed to seem like a massive spaceship. A mini-golf course, tennis courts, a pond, a basketball court with 360-degree views of LA, and much more can be found on the property. In the proper market, Arsenio’s Topanga compound/estate may be worth $20 million or more to the right buyer.
Arsenio paid $5.2 million for a property in Tarzana, California in October 2021. Sean Murray, an actor, was the buyer.